Programme Management Officer
Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UN Environment's New York Office is responsible for strategic linkages with the UN system, key partners, and stakeholders in the context of the interagency and intergovernmental processes based on UN Headquarters. This post is located in UN Environment New York Office. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, the incumbent will perform the following duties:
- Monitors and provides policy analysis of relevant inter-governmental processes, with a focus on UN Environment’s inputs to coordinated UN system contributions; promoting inter-linkages of issues and intergovernmental and inter-agency processes.
- Provides effective and strategic support to relevant intergovernmental processes of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly, including the consideration of the UN Environment Assembly’s report, as well as negotiations of issues that are relevant to UN Environment’s priorities or its programme of work.
- Supports the presentation and advocacy of UN Environment’s programme of work and the budget to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and the 5th Committee.
- Represents UN Environment in the inter-agency mechanism in support of the implementation of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review, and provides policy advice and feedback, and coordinates UN Environment’s input to the respective Secretary-General’s reports.
- Carries out policy development and guidance functions; facilitates and organizes consultations with representatives of other UN organizations and departments, and contributes to the development of UN inter-agency positions on issues relevant to inter-governmental processes and relevant substantive programme areas;
- Provides substantive backstopping to, represents UN Envirionment at, and provides analytical reporting on, key UN inter-agency meetings relevant to environmental sustainability and sustainable development;
- Contributes to the fulfillment of substantive programme outreach and information functions of the office; prepares and makes presentations on assigned topics/activities;
- Builds strong partnerships with key stakeholders, including with academic institutions, US-based foundations (in coordination with the North America Office), and with civil society organizations and stakeholders and Major Groups, in cooperation with UN Environment’s Major Group Branch and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UNNGLS).
- Undertakes other duties as may be required.
- Professionalism: Proven knowledge and understanding, and experience with regard to, the functioning of organizations of the UN system; as well as of inter-governmental processes including the UN General Assembly and ECOSOC; Shows knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the programme area; Possess good research, analytical and problem-solving skills, including ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems; Is familiar with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases; Applies good judgment in the context of assignments given; Shows pride in work and in achievements; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
- Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
- Teamwork: Has a track record in working collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Is able to solicit input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise, and is willing to learn from others; Is able to place team agenda before personal agenda; Is able to support and act in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in international relations, environmental policy/science, economics or social sciences or related disciplines. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of environmental and sustainable development, of which at least three should be at the international level, is required.
Relevant experience at managerial level in the areas of environmental and sustainable development, policy design and negotiations, functioning of inter-agency and inter-governmental bodies, especially the General Assembly and ECOSOC is highly desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension. Staff members are subject to the authority of Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures. The United Nations as a Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. When completing the form, ensure all fields, professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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